List of Doula UK Approved Courses

doula holding babyWhich course to choose?

Listed below are the doula courses that are approved by Doula UK. This means that they follow the Core Curriculum designed by Doula UK’s experienced doulas. Our approved courses, which we refer to as Initial Doula Preparation, are all taught by experienced doulas and are regularly inspected and monitored. The wide choice reflects a flexibility towards accommodating each novice doula’s needs.

Please note that membership of DUK is dependent on the completion of a Doula UK approved course.

Doula courses not listed here may be accredited by external awarding bodies but they do not entitle you to join Doula UK, with all its benefits, on completion.
If you are in any doubt about this please contact us.

Why choose a Doula UK approved course?

It gives you the opportunity to belong to the UK’s leading doula network.  We are a non-profit organisation, with over ten years experience and hundreds of doulas all over the UK.  All our doulas are individually supported and mentored as they begin to work with families. Do contact one of our doulas to find out more.

Our doulas are listed here on the free Find a Doula pages.  Being listed on our “Find a Doula” page is – as many of our doulas will tell you - one of the most effective ways of securing work as a doula. We are NOT an Agency – this is free to parents too. We have an online Forum, our Doulaing magazine and an eNewsletter. Doula UK’s Doula Access Fund can help provide a doula where there is genuine financial need. We also run a doula Voucher Scheme. Many of our doulas are involved within various NHS projects as well as Sure Start schemes, meaning there is a wealth of information, experience and support available within our network.

Here is the list of courses - note that they are listed in no particular order and the order will change on each page refresh.

Red Tent Courses

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: London, Edinburgh and York
Cost: £350

    Contact:   NicolaGoodall [at] gmail [dot] com

  • 1 woman-centred interactive weekend session with Nicola Goodall (Edinburgh/London) or Hannah Robertson (York)
  •  Woman-led self-study module
  • To develop a woman’s awareness in her own belief system.
  • To foster a supportive environment for a woman to start the journey of debriefing her own experiences.
  • To inspire confidence in the role of a Doula and Midwife and discuss boundaries.
  • Encouraging a good knowledge base around gentle birth and parenting also exploring birth art and journaling
  • To explore the nature of the relationships that play a part in a woman’s transition to motherhood.
  • To empower new doulas to set up their own business and ethically work as part of a wider network of doulas.
  • To develop an awareness of personal boundaries and base of values. Special attention on telling the womans own story and self-care.
  • Support throughout the course and ongoing from the facilitators and the rest of the Red Tent community including membership to a very supportive closed Facebook group
  • Certificate of attendance and completion
  • Payment options available
  • Strong emphasis on building circles of women
  • Small groups for enhanced learning

Birthing Wisdom

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: Devon
Cost: £1200

  • 8 weekend sessions over 9 months
  • 6 home study modules and observations over short period
  • Holistic approach aiming to develop awareness and the confidence to use intuitive knowledge in conjunction with scientific information
  • Personal exploration, cutting edge knowledge as well as hands on practical doula and breastfeeding skills.
  • Teaching childbirth classes and facilitating mother's circles.
  • Working alongside Healthcare professionals as part of the birthing team.
  • Marketing yourself and setting up your practice.
  • Debriefing and healing own birth and breastfeeding experiences. Self care practice
  • Ongoing telephone, email support and mentoring. Buddies.
  • Access to a learning community through the forum
  • Certificate of attendance and completion
  • Easy payment schedule and career development loans available

Mindful Doulas

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: Scotland, York and London
sammindfuldoulas [at] gmail [dot] com
Cost: £350

  • Small groups, confidentiality respected
  • 3.5 contact days, plus up to 3 months to complete home-study components
  • Up to 6 months to complete all components:

    1. Home study pack - reading, researching, networking
    2. Core workshop (2.5 days) - includes listening & self-awareness, debriefing personal birth experiences, practical skills for prenatal, birth and postnatal work, setting up as a doula, joining Doula UK, self-care
    3. Breastfeeding workshop (1 day) - The Lay Supporter's Role (£40) [not required for qualified bf counsellors]
    4. Written assignment - time for reflection
  • Certificate of attendance & completion
  • Ongoing mentoring and support
  • Further opportunities for learning, access to post-course workshops
  • Please contact Sammindfuldoulas [at] gmail [dot] com to book your place

** two assisted places (25% disc) per core workshop**

PLEASE NOTE: course fee if attending London workshops = £375

BirthBliss Aspiring Doula Foundation Course

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: Hertfordshire and London
Cost: £475

  • 4 day course
  • Small groups for maximum support and learning
  • Home study pre-course module
  • Master doula classes and practical doula labs
  • Full day on Infant Feeding with qualified IBCLC
  • Comprehensive module on running your own doula business
  • Focus on the doula spirit and how to 'be' a doula
  • Invaluable doula handbook packed with information
  • Post-course module
  • Attendance Certificate on completion
  • On-going support
  • Membership to private Facebook group
  • Discounts on BirthBliss study days

Contact: kicki [at] birthbliss [dot] co [dot] uk 

Nurturing Birth

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: Various across UK and overseas
Cost: £450

  • 4 day courses offered across the UK and beyond
  • Preparation work before the course to include reflection, reading and research
  • Groups of up to 10, breaking in to smaller groups for discussion and other activities
  • A thorough investigation of the doula role and how best to support new families
  • Looking at antenatal, birth and postnatal preparation
  • Infant feeding module
  • Establishing yourself as a business, discussing the journey ahead and identifying what support is available
  • Opportunities to debrief previous experiences
  • Comprehensive manual supplied covering all course topics and up-to-date reference material
  • Post-course work to include reading and reflection
  • Quarterly e-news providing new research, CPD and other event listings
  • Access to the private Nurturing Birth online forum providing information and support from fellow doulas
  • Private Facebook group
  • Ongoing mentoring and support from your course facilitator
  • Recognition process for those outside the UK
  • Free listing for the first year on the largest independent “Doula Directory” in the UK
  • Additional courses, workshops and conferences with discounts for Nurturing Birth doulas
  • Contact info [at] nurturingbirth [dot] co [dot] uk or 0121 422 2819 for more information


Developing Doulas

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: London and Cambridge
Cost: £400

  • 2 weekend workshops over 5 days
  • Practical skills for birth and postnatal doulas - learning to 'mother the mother'
  • Time to debrief and explore your own experiences, share and give and receive support within the group 
  • Support and information on setting up and getting going as a doula, joining Doula UK and the Doula UK Recognition Process
  • Full-day infant feeding session run by a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor (Cambridge) or IBCLC (London)
  • Extensive course manual that grows with you as you develop as a doula
  • Large library of books to borrow
  • Course Assignments and tasks between group sessions and after the course has finished
  • Ongoing support
  • Opportunities for ongoing learning and development of knowledge and skills through Developing Doulas study days and work-from-home courses

Conscious Birthing

Course type:

Birth doula preparation
Postnatal doula preparation

Courses held in: Various across the UK
Cost: £500

  • Five day courses in Cornwall, Glastonbury, Wales, London and Brighton, with residential options
  • Fun, informative and multi-media
  • Small groups only
  • Become part of a Network and attend informal group get togethers and further training, including Recognised Doulas and ‘trainees’
  • Home research, networking and reflective reference pack
  • Certificate of attendance and completion
  • On-going telephone and online support
  • ‘Tools for self-reliance’ a great offering to pass on to your clients; Facilitating Empowerment
  • Practical skills for Prenatal, Birth and Postnatal Doula service
  • Holistic approach including both the medical model and the alternative models of care in depth
  • Integrated and in depth inclusion of  supporting Fathers-to-be
  • Sessions on working alongside Healthcare professionals
  • Advice and guidance for Setting up and marketing your Doula practice
  • Recommended reading list
  • De-briefing, time to reflect and the provision of a safe opportunity to begin to heal your own birth story / ies and to look at our ‘Blueprints’
  • Access to an extensive lending library
  • Options for further training
£500 inclusive / £600 residential, including breakfast